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Boone County Missouri food pantries.

Short term assistance can be obtained from a food pantry in Boone County. The non-profits or government agencies that offer this help can also provide other services, ranging from food stamp applications to baby formula, hygiene items, and Christmas meals.

The hours of distribution vary widely by each agency. Several are only open a few days per month and other locations in Boone County have restrictions as to who can get a free box of food. A few locations only offer seasonal support, such as a free meal at the holidays. Even if a  certain request from a family can't be met, then the staff at the food bank will try to offer referrals to an alternate site.

Other services from the pantries is general counseling so the family can address what caused them to go into poverty. This is yet another service that has assisted hundreds of families in the region.

Central Pantry
Address is 1007 Big Bear Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-7848
A focus is on offering referrals to regional pantries at churches or charities in Boone County. They also have surplus USDA commodities, brown bag lunches for seniors, and more aid. The hours are Monday to Friday until 4pm.

Annie Fisher Food Pantry - Columbia Housing Authority
201 Switzler St.
Columbia, MO 65202
They only offer food to residents of the housing authority properties.

Columbia Square Townhomes
Location of the pantry - 1715 West Worley, Suite C
Columbia, MO 65203
Meals and food are only for residents of the town-homes.




Hope Chest for Kids, Inc.
4187 W. Harper Road
Clark, Missouri 65243
Telephone: (573)881-7339
They provide food to children, summer snacks, and lunches. They partner with churches such as Kemper Auction Arena, St. Andrews Catholic Church, as well as the Assembly of God Church.

Job Point
400 Wilkes Blvd.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
Hot Breakfast and lunches are served to families in poverty and/or the homeless.

Latter House
Address - 4914 Prairie Ridge St.
Columbia, MO 65202
For hours, dial 573-474-5885

Lord’s Kitchen
Address: 702 Banks
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Oakland Senior Center CMAAA
805 Old Hwy 63
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone - (573) 449-8000
Programs range from Meals on Wheels to congregate sites, commodity food (CSFP) and more. They also hold recreational activities for the elderly and can deliver a Christmas or Thanksgiving meal to the home bound or disabled.

Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
702 Banks
Columbia, MO 65202
For hours of the pantry or soup kitchen, dial (573) 443-0611





Russell Chapel Food Pantry
Location - 108 E. Ash St.
Columbia, Missouri 65203
Free food is available to low income families. The non-profit is open for distribution on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Salvation Army – Columbia
1108 W. Ash St.
Columbia Missouri, 65203
Phone number - (573) 442-3229
Services include a food bank, soup kitchen and Christmas meals. There is also financial aid, clothing, toys for kids at Christmas, and shelter.

Salvation Army – Harbor House
602 N. Ann St.
Columbia, MO 65202
This location services meals to the homeless and shelter guests.

Seventh Day Adventist Community Services
320 W. Highway 22
Centralia, MO 65240
(573) 445-2712
An emergency pantry can help the unemployed in Boone County and working poor.

SOBOCO Mobile Food Pantry
Ashland Baptist Church
203 E. Broadway
Ashland, Missouri 65010
(573) 443-8833

Sturgeon Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
101 E. Smith St.
Sturgeon, Missouri 65284

The Shepherd’s Basket
Address of the charity is 606 Ridgeway Ave.
Columbia, MO 65203
Clients can be given groceries, baby formula, or gently used clothing, as donations allow.




The Tiger Pantry
1400 Rock Quarry Rd.
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone - (573) 882-3780
Boone County residents can get groceries paper products, hygiene items, or free fresh foods.

Voluntary Action Center
403A Vandiver Rd.
Columbia, Missouri 65202
Phone: (573) 874-2273
Social services are combined with boxes of food as well as referrals to food stamps or other public aid.

For the locations of other pantries or information on USDA or government programs, dial 800-764-3663. There are resources for clients of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds.


By Jon McNamara











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